Maria Theodoulou, Partner at Stokoe Partnership Solicitors, comments on the Supreme Court ruling of the joint enterprise principle in the Daily Mail.

Thousands of prisoners will seek legal advice after the Supreme Court ruled that trial judges had been wrongly interpreting a law relating to joint criminal enterprise for 30 years, lawyers predict.

But solicitors say it is impossible to know how many cases might reach the Court of Appeal or how many convictions might be overturned.

A panel of Supreme Court justices said on Thursday that prosecutors, judges and jurors had to take a different approach when dealing with defendants accused of being involved in some kinds of joint criminal enterprises.

“I think lawyers can expect many calls. Probably running into the thousands,” said Maria Theodoulou, a partner at Stokoe Partnership Solicitors.

“This ruling will reverberate with those who have been convicted of joint enterprise offences but this does not automatically mean that can can appeal their convictions.”

She said it was an “outrage” that a “fundamental error” had gone uncorrected for 30 years.”

Read the full article on the Daily Mail website here.

Maria’s comments were also published on the BT news website and Belfast Newsletter, below.

BT – ‘Thousands to seek legal advice’ over joint criminal enterprise ruling

“Thousands of prisoners will seek legal advice after the Supreme Court ruled that trial judges had been wrongly interpreting a law relating to joint criminal enterprise for 30 years, lawyers predict.

“I think lawyers can expect many calls. Probably running into the thousands,” said Maria Theodoulou, a partner at Stokoe Partnership Solicitors.

“This ruling will reverberate with those who have been convicted of joint enterprise offences but this does not automatically mean that can can appeal their convictions.”

She said it was an “outrage” that a “fundamental error” had gone uncorrected for 30 years.”

Read the full article on the BT website here.

Belfast Newsletter – Flood of reviews predicted after ‘joint enterprise’ murder ruling

“A panel of Supreme Court justices said yesterday that prosecutors, judges and jurors had to take a different approach when dealing with defendants accused of being involved in some kinds of joint criminal enterprises.

Solicitors predicted many calls from prisoners.

“I think lawyers can expect many calls. Probably running into the thousands,” said Maria Theodoulou, a partner at Stokoe Partnership Solicitors.

“This ruling will reverberate with those who have been convicted of joint enterprise offences but this does not automatically mean they can appeal their convictions.”

She said it was an “outrage” that a “fundamental error” had gone uncorrected for 30 years.”

Read the full article on the Belfast Newsletter website here.

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